ME4ME wrote:Midfield? Not so sure about that, I think they'll be at the back competing with Sauber.
Remember last year they had a terrible car with the Renault PU in it. It was asymmetric and had all kind of fundamental issues. This year they build a more conservative, but decent car and were to some extent saved by the Merc PU. Going back to Renault power will hurt them, add to that the lack of funds the team has endured over the last 12 months and thus preparation for 2016 I assume will be somewhat shy of what other teams have managed.
Surely the current midfield will move forward significantly over the winter. Williams is talking about a radical design change, Force India are achieving great results with their switch of wind tunnel and could potentially boost funding through their Aston Martin deal. Toro Rosso will surely make a big leap forward with the Ferrari PU, especially on reliability. Mclaren and Red Bull won't sit still either. I expect Renault to have a real tough year in 2016.
For the sake of making progress I hope they can terminate Maldonado's contract and actually get an experienced reliable driver in there.
Just looking at the group of people at enstone, they have a quality team that can produce really good chassis. This year's chassis wasn't too bad, and could have had more constructors points if they had better luck and a better driver than maldonado.
If we even go back to the last two years with the V8s we see that renault is capable of creating a chassis that can challenge for wins. I wont put then in the same leagues with sauber, they are better than that.
In fact i can go out on a limb and say they will create a better chassis than williams and force india next year.